CAE Reading and Use of English Part 2
For questions 9-16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet
Example: (0) AS
A history of table tennis
Like many other sports, table tennis started out 0 as a mild social diversion. It
was popular in England in the second half of the nineteenth century under its present
name and various trade names like Whiff-Whaff and Ping-Pong, 9 sought to imitate the sound 10 by the ball striking the table. The game soon 11 something of a craze and there are many contemporary references to it and illustrations of it 12 played, usually in domestic surroundings.
13 the early twentieth century, the sport had already acquired some of its present-day complexities, 14 it was still seen by many as an after-dinner amusement 15 than a sport. An account published in 1903 found it necessary to warn players 16 the wearing of evening dress, but went on to give detailed technical advice about the pen-holder grip and tactics.
Over the next 60 years, table tennis developed into a worldwide sport, played by up to 30 million competitive players.